From the desk of Kristen Reynolds, DPT, PMA®-CPT…
From the American College of Sports Medicine to SHAPE Magazine to ACE Fitness, thousands of health and fitness professionals have weighed in on what they believe to be the biggest fitness trends of the year. After reading through, I found one major theme – OMBE has it all!
1. Educated and experienced fitness professionals
OMBE’s Pilates team consists of two practicing physical therapists, while each of OMBE’s yoga practitioners have completed a minimum of 200 hours with Master trainers for their certifications. With affiliations to Harvard and Brown University, this collection of teachers not only have sincere passion, but bring a great deal of professionalism into the studio.
Resident personal trainer, Kristy Kuhn, is a certified Health/Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine and a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. She received her 500-hour yoga teacher certification through YogaWorks in New York, New York and is registered through Yoga Alliance in addition to a Masters in Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and dance minor from Bucknell University.
2. Personalized Functional Training
Functional training has been on the scene for quite some time now. There are an abundance of bootcamps, TRX classes, and CrossFit programs to choose from in the Boston area.
The problem? They are not one-size fits all. Many individuals are experiencing injury because their bodies are not ready to handle the demands of these high intensity, generalized group workouts.
The solution? See Kristy, Lisa, or Kristen. Physical therapists have been utilizing a functional approach long before it became a buzzword. With respect to your activities of daily living, job demands, and injuries, these three can design a program for you.
3. Small Group Training
Small group sessions are never more than 6 people to 1 trainer. They are an effective and affordable way to receive expert training. Good news you have two options at OMBE!
- The studio schedule offers twenty classes each week that are limited to six participants!
- Motivate with a group of friends and co-workers and schedule training sessions at a time convenient for you! Group sessions are available for duos, trios, and quads.
4. Barre Workouts
Join Kristen at the ballet barre on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15 for a workout on your lunch hour or at another time for private training. Expect a variety of exercises, including plies, push ups, passes, planks, and port de bras to sculpt and stretch the whole body.
5. Physician Referrals
Did you know that OMBE offers 10% off your first visit if you are referred by your physician?
6. Fusion Workouts
Ballet Barre is a combination of ballet-inspired sequences with Pilates (and an occasional Child’s Pose or two). Keep your eye on the schedule – more fusion may come to OMBE this spring!
7. Whole-Life Training
If you haven’t read OMBE’s philosophy (http://www.ombecenter.com/philosophy/), then please take a look. Our multidisciplinary approach to holistic health will bring incredible balance to your life.
8. Self Myofascial Release
Fascia is a layer of connective tissue layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints that gives support and protection to the body. Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy that will treat pain and restricted motion. OMBE massage therapists and fitness instructors can show you how to work out your “knots” with foam roller massage or t spheres, aromatherapy-infused massage balls from the Eco Beauty Bar that are terrific for travel!
I mentioned the instructors earlier, but the eco-friendly studio overlooking beautiful views of Copley Square are worth another mention. Students of all levels are welcomed to our classes and private lessons, including those who are prenatal! OMBE’s yoga instructors encourage students to develop their strength, flexibility, and balance as well as a deeper sense of relaxation.
10. Core Training
I find that there are a lot of misconceptions about the core. This region of the body consists of the deepest layers of muscle in the abdomen, lumbar spine, and ribcage. These muscles need to be trained to stabilize the spine and pelvis during dynamic movement. Pilates training (especially on the Reformer) is one of the best ways for the body to acquire this component of physical fitness. See Lisa or Kristen for a demo or private session to learn the correct postural exercises that target the core!
11. Exercise with Diet for Weight Loss
The Winter Cleanse program includes a five yoga classes, a five-day nutrition guide with comprehensive menu plans, mindful eating tips, and recommended supplements. Nutritional counselor Stacy provides easy-to-follow recipes and shopping lists with seasonal items found in your local grocery store of Farmer’s market and nightly activities to help you re-evaluate and clear out other areas of your life. Additionally, you receive access to our online community to connect with others about your experience.
Another option would be to meet with Naturopathic Doctor, Jacqueline Rho, who has helped many patients with weight loss and detoxification and participate in small group or private sessions.
12. Sport Specific Training
Yoga for Runners is one of OMBE’s most popular classes. Another great service is a Running & Gait Analysis with Dr. Erik Vose! During a 30 minute run, Dr. Vose will videotape and evaluate your running form, review your gait and biomechanics, and design an optimal running program for you.
Kristen Reynolds, DPT, PMA®-CPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher
Kristen Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.
While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive certification to compliment her clinical interests. She is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, the only professional certification in the field, as well as an active member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section.
Always interested in sports and fitness, she is a former dancer, YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. Integrating the Pilates principles and repertoire into her physical therapy practice has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Kristen utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury. She greatly enjoys designing programs to target personal goals, educating clients to incorporate Pilates into their daily activities, and teaching small group Ballet Barre and Mat classes.